One of America's finest symphonic ensembles, the Minnesota Orchestra has a distinguished recording career going back to 1924. Its list of renowned music directors include Eugene Ormandy, Dimitri Mitropoulos, Antal Dorati, Sir Neville Marriner, Edo de Waart and Stanislaw Skrowaczewski. For the past five years, Eiji Oue's fresh and dynamic interpretations have been preserved for posterity by Reference Recording's "Prof." Keith Johnson in state-of-the-art HDCD sonics.
Minnesota Orchestra Showcase contains highlights from each of these critically-acclaimed recordings - plus the first release anywhere of the orchestra's sizzling new performance of Richard Strauss' DON JUAN!
"Brilliant performances, dazzling sound!" - The Washington Post
Selections: Richard Strauss: Don Juan, Deems Taylor: Looking Glass Insects, Dominick Argento: Valentino Dances (excerpt), Sibelius: Finlandia, Liadov: Baba Yaga, Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite (excerpt), Tchaikovsky: Hopak from Mazeppa, Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde (excerpt) with Jon Villars, tenor, Copland: Appalachian Spring Suite (excerpt), Bernstein: Candide Suite, arr. Charlie Harmon (excerpt), R. Strauss: Ein Heldenleben (excerpt), Ravel: Alborada del Gracioso.